Wendy's Country Lodge
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... several inches deep. The local kids were out playing in the streams sailing twigs and other bits of debris along what were usually dry and dusty roads.
We arrived at the northern bank of the Isibindi River and realised that the guests were not in fact bogged but simply stuck on the other side of a 50 meter wide and very swiftly flowing stream. We sat for a while knowing that these rivers rise quickly and fall often just as quickly but there was a lot of ...
... round the farmhouse-style kitchen, large dining room and lounge then set off to find her husband Malcolm, who would be our guide.
Gail brought us a tray of tea out to a table set under a shady tree in the garden, where Malcolm joined us. Right from the start it was obvious that we’d struck gold. Malcolm is eccentric, enthusiastic, informative, humourous, knowledgable, passionate about birds in particular and nature in general.
Sitting in the garden, he identified all ...
... years in Africa! Theo is a wonder, he stops, reverses and points out a Chameleon. None of us can see it, until he gets out and has to point it out. It’s tiny, so how he saw it is a mystery. He grabs stick and picks the creature up and passes it to us for closer look. The strangest sensation as it’s feet have a suction hold on your hand. It seems unconcerned as it goes from hand to hand, changing colour once, then Theo places it carefully back where he found ...
... to. Quite a typical background - parents moved out of Rhodesia, eventually settle in South Africa, and he’s done a stint as fishing guide in Mozambique. He tells us Mandla has been at the lodge since it opened 14 years ago, and lived in the local village before that, so knows the area intimately. He has unbelievable skills as a tracker, and they make a good team.
9:30, and we’re ready for bed. It’s been along day, and we have a 5:00am wake-up call ...
... course) the boatmen, we soon head out on the water.
Drinks and snacks, followed by excursions in the two tenders to see if we can catch these fish. No luck there, but we see Crocodile, Hippo, Fish Eagle, plus all sorts of other water birds. I like the colourful Jacana that seems to walk on water, as it scurries about on the floating grasses. A beautiful sunset, but the temperature drops so we freeze as we blast back to the houseboat for shower and change before dinner. ...